So here you have it in writing from Executive Director Rob Butcher and USMS Board President Rob Copeland:

Dear USMS Membership,

The Executive Committee met this week and discussed the recent FINA news release. USMS does abide by FINA policies however we recognize that there is much confusion with interrupting and applying the FINA release. In response and until further suit policy clarification is provided by FINA, USMS Board President Rob Copeland issued the following statement. Additionally, the USMS Rules Committee will be meeting on May 31st as they monitor the situation, any new information made available, and the implications it could have on USMS sanctioned events.

Rob Butcher
Executive Director

To: Kathy Kasey, Rules Committee Chair
Marcia Cleveland, Long Distance Committee Chair

Date: May 20, 2009

At this point in time no suits should be listed as banned by U.S. Masters Swimming for pool or open water swimming.

While FINA has listed the 202 approved swimsuits, FINA has NOT listed the 10 suits that have been “rejected for not passing the tests of buoyancy and/or thickness” or made a ruling on the “136 swimsuits to be modified in accordance with “Dubai Charter”.” Until FINA provides the definitive list of banned swimsuits and specific actions on the 136, we should not report any suit as banned in a USMS sanctioned event.

If you hear anything from FINA in contradiction to this statement, please inform me as soon as possible. The list of FINA approved suits can be found here. The FINA press release can be found here.

Rob Copeland
President – United States Masters Swimming

This note was posted to the USMS forum by Rob Butcher himself so this is a legit statement from Masters Swimming.

I’ve started a page on the blog where you can keep up with the latest suit news at

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